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Meal Patterns for Preschoolers in School Nutrition Programs


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) meal patterns for preschoolers (ages 1-4) in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) , School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Afterschool Snack Program (ASP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the NSLP are legislated by the USDA final rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and follow the same requirements as the CACFP.

NOTE: The meal patterns for grades K-12 are different from the meal patterns for preschoolers. For information on the meal patterns for grades K-12, visit the CSDE's Meal Patterns for Grades   K-12 in School Nutrition Programs webpage.

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